From: Somewhere Texas
I broke down and watched Doctor Strange yesterday.
And was greatly disappointed, on many levels.
First, some years ago, Marvel studios released an animated feature length version of the Doctor Strange origin story, which was pretty good, and kept to the original fairly well....
Doctor Strange got into medicine primarily so he could save his sister, who died on his operating table, thus ending his compassion and reason for being a neurosurgeon.
So he became an egotistical, self important asshole of a Doctor who only took cases that would bring him fame, accolades, and of course, money.
Thus, his 'healing' was more of him relearning the basic truths and finding his human side again, and losing his self important all powerful ego.
And the ancient one was Tibetan, male, and less of a pain in the spiritual ass who bent the rules, not outright broke them.
Now, for the feature film staring Tilda Swinton as the Ancient one....
Which makes about as much sense as it would be to cast Wil Smith or Seth Rogan as the next Doctor Who.
First, she is Celt in the movie, a people known more for kicking Roman asses and reacting on a strictly emotional level and not so much for divine wisdom. Want proof, piss off an Irish or Scot female and watch for divine wisdom and controlled response.
Second, where as the ancient one from the comic was long lived due to his spiritual connection to the non material world, Tilda's character drew her long life from the very dimension that they were taught to avoid.
Come to think of it, that would be a Celt thing to do....
In the original story line, Baron Mordo was the rule breaker, not the adherent to the rules as portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, in fact he opened the gate to the dark deminsion because he was not going to follow the ancient one as the sorcerer supreme in the original story.
Basically the new movie is less of a Doctor Strange feature and more of lets rewrite the damn story to really fuck with the die hard fans of the comic book.
Boy, it sure would be nice if we had some grenades, don't you think?
You cannot control who comes into your life, but you can control which airlock you throw them out of.
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